Igniting change

Reaching further

Every child born with a neural tube defect deserves the chance to live a happy and independent life

Igniting change
Reaching further

Every child born with a neural tube defect deserves the chance to live a happy and independent life

Since 2009, ReachAnother has provided
life-saving surgery for more than 8,500 babies with hydrocephalus & spina bifida IN ETHIOPIA

ReachAnother provides capacity-building knowledge and technologies that have changed hearts and minds, and instilled compassion and competence into the conversation of how to address neural tube defects. Our success is rooted in our commitment to sustainable partnerships with local Ethiopian healthcare systems and hospital staff. 


Prevention


Treatment


Aftercare

Neurosurgeons Trained

They are our boots on the ground. Their skills and dedication save lives every day.

Surgeries Performed

We are in it for the babies. Treatment of neural tube defects is our priority.

Centers of Excellence

Our centers aim to provide the best multi-disciplinary care in pediatric neurosurgery.

Volunteer Hours Annually

Volunteers perform 90% of the work of ReachAnother Foundation.

“We’re here to reach another child. To change another life. To go further, do more, exceed not just our grasp but every expectation of what we thought was possible.”
Dr. Marinus Koning

Founder & President

10 Years of ReachAnother

Why we reach further

Meet Tsega.

She is 3 years old and lives in Shashemenea, a town outside Addis Ababa. When she was 16 days old, Tsega received a life-saving corrective surgery for spina bifida. Her mother is a high school teacher that cares for daughter as a single parent. Tsega’s father left the family when she was born—blaming her mother for the spina bifida diagnosis. Tsega’s amazing mother and extended family have navigated the challenges of spina bifida with grace and strength. Tsega’s family is committed to giving her the medical treatment she needs to live a happy and healthy life—she has never missed a follow up appointment.

The story of Tsega and her mother reflects the importance of education and advocacy to overcome the stigma that often surrounds birth defects in Ethiopia. Tsega and her family are why we strive to reach further.

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